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Filmism.net Dispatch March 15, 2010

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Oodles of news this week about movies in the works. Clint Eastwood's swooping close to a biopic of the cross dressing, apparently borderline bipolar FBI head J Edgar Hoover. I'm glad Scorsese isn't doing it because DiCaprio would be totally wrong for it.

After the success of Sherlock Holmes, Guy Ritche's doing another mythical figure in King Arthur. He might think he's found his niche in quasi-historical action thrillers but I personally think he had an exciting style with Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.

Perhaps in the same vein as Sherlock Holmes, Warner Brothers is planning a Leonardo da Vinci movie featuring the engineer, inventor and artist as an action hero. Warners is also looking at retooling The Wizard of Oz, an idea I'm actually behind because I'd be interested to see what they do for a modern audience. Under the Hollywood glitz, L Frank Baum's story was darkly scary and an effective (though disputed) comment on the American political landscape of the time.

Wall Street 2 has been inexplicably moved to a September worldwide release, and though a remake of Swedish vampire cracker Lust For a Vampire and Horror of Dracula fame.

A sad and premature farewell to Corey Haim who passed away this week of an apparent drug overdose. Though he's been out of the game for almost two decade, history will never erase the legacy of films like License to Drive.

Viggo Mortensen has replaced new Oscar recipient Christoph 'Hans Landa' Waltz in a biopic about the rivalry between Freud and Jung, and though I promised myself I'd have stopped talking about bloody Avatar by now, it's just been revealed Fox are planning a summer re-release with additional scenes. So there's no stopping Dances With Na'vi yet.

And while you might not care unless you're in the business, the third most useful movie website Box Office Mojo have rolled out a nice new site design.

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